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Darin Ruf, Ethan Martin close to starting rehab assignments
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said Wednesday outfielder Darin Ruf (oblique) has begun baseball activities and pitcher Ethan Martin (shoulder) is throwing bullpens. Both could begin rehab assignments soon.

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Orioles alter rotation for series against Red Sox
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

A fine outing by Miguel Gonzalez on Wednesday resulted in Bud Norris not being needed in relief and listed as the starter Saturday for the Orioles in Boston. Ubaldo Jimenez will now go Sunday with Wei-Yin Chen to follow on Monday.

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'Distinct possibility' Cole Hamels rejoins rotation next week
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said Wednesday it's a "distinct possibility" starting pitcher Cole Hamels (shoulder) makes his season debut next week against the Dodgers. Hamels is slated to make his third rehab start Thursday for Class A Clearwater.

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Brandon Kintzler likely to come off DL when eligible
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Brewers reliever Brandon Kintzler (neck) played catch Wednesday, per MLB.com. He's expected to return to action when eligible to come off the disabled list and likely won't need a rehab assignment.

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Tom Gorzelanny restarts rehab process after week-long break
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Wednesday reliever Tom Gorzelanny has resumed the rehab process after taking a week-long break to rest his surgically repaired left shoulder.

"We backed him off for about a week, and then yesterday or the day before, he came back and threw a bullpen and was really happy, really threw the ball well, far better than he was throwing," Roenicke said, per MLB.com. "So he called [head athletic trainer] Dan Wright [and] told him he had a really good bullpen. He's pretty excited about it."

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Michael Bourn back in lineup Wednesday for Indians
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Indians center fielder Michael Bourn has finally returned from a hamstring injury that prevented him from playing for them for nearly a month. He is in the starting lineup for the game Wednesday night in Detroit.

Bourn will begin his quest to rebound from a disappointing first season with Cleveland in 2013. His batting average (.263), stolen bases (23) and on-base percentage (.316) were all his worst in several years.

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Jason Motte 'getting closer each time out'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Cardinals reliever Jason Motte (elbow) will throw in an extended spring game Thursday after throwing 20 pitches in an extended spring appearance Monday, per MLB.com.

If all goes well Thursday, Motte will throw again Saturday, which will mark the first time he will face hitters with just one day off between outings.

"We'll see how I recover from that," Motte said Wednesday. "The last game was a step up from the previous time as far as velocity. We're getting closer each time out."

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Seattle promotes Nick Franklin, place Logan Morrison on DL
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The worst-kept secret in baseball was finally revealed Wednesday when the Mariners officially announced the promotion of Nick Franklin. He will take the spot opened with the placement of Logan Morrison on the 15-day disabled list due to a hamstring injury.

Morrison has struggled to start the season. That could open the door for Franklin to take over a permanent starting spot. He has been torrid to open the year at Triple-A Tacoma.

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Jaime Garcia ready for live BP, extended spring games
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Wednesday starting pitcher Jaime Garcia (shoulder) will advance to throwing live batting practice this week, per MLB.com. He will then progress to extended spring training games later this week.

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Jhonny Peralta attributes surge to 'better luck'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta has responded postively since getting a day off Saturday amid a 2-for-32 slump to begin the season.

Peralta entered play Wednesday at Milwaukee having hit .500 (6 for 12) with two doubles, two home runs and four RBI in three games since returning to the lineup.

"I've felt good from the beginning. It's nothing different," Peralta said, when asked about his recent surge. "The only thing different is better luck. But I haven't changed anything."

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